“When the northern tribe Nga Puhi under their chief raided the southern tribes in the 1820s they carried the Brown Bess Musket. The northern chief Hongi Hika had armed 400 warriors with this weapon, thus beginning what was known as The Musket Wars. The introduction of the musket was to change the whole face of Maori warfare. In battle the Maori mostly used hand to hand combat weapons, the musket changed all that.
Teko teko is the name for this type of carved figure, it simply means to stand alone. The figure itself represents a warrior chief holding his musket. The musket has behind the cock and fission, its ammunition this being cartridges and musket balls.
Facial tattoos or Ta Moko and leg and buttock designs known as puhoro are still practiced today. Surface designs on body and arms are called Hae Hae and Pakati, Hae Hae the cut line or to slice, Pakati to cut deeply”. Clive Fugill
NZ Maori Arts & Crafts Institute Proudly Celebrating 50 YearsClive Fugill, Tohunga Whakairo Master Carver, was one of seven successful applicants for the NZ Maori Arts and Crafts Institute’s first intake for a three year carver training course. He commenced his training in January 1967 and graduated in December 1969. Five of the graduates from that course returned to the Institute for post-graduate training, with Mr Fugill and two others being retained by the Institute to develop their carving skills under the watchful eye of the late Master Carver, Hone Taiapa. In December 1983, two of the remaining three Senior Carvers form the first intake left the Institute to pursue other careers. This loss of expertise to the Institute created the opportunity for the remaining Senior Carver, Mr Fugill, to be promoted to the position of Master Carver. It was seen by the Institute as being appropriate that the Institute’s first Graduate of Honour should take this position, a position which recognized the skills imparted to Mr Fugill through the knowledge handed down from generation to generation. The NZ Maori Arts and Crafts Institute is now known as Te Puia, but over the years Mr Fugill has passed on his knowledge and taught many young Maori. Many of these graduates have gone on to be become some of the most internationally recognized Maori carvers in New Zealand including, Lyonel Grant, Gordon Toi Hatfield, Riki Manuel, Roi Toia, Fayne Robinson, Ian-Wayne Grant and Hemi Sundgren. Mr Fugill has worked on over a dozen meeting houses, supervising the carving on at least six. He has traveled widely to Japan, New Guinea, Hawaii, Nova Scotia, United States and Thailand demonstrating his art. He has completed carvings for Royalty and Heads of States. He has done carved works for many embassies around the world.Mr Fugill has completed 35 years in 2008 as Master Carver to the NZ Maori Arts and Crafts Institute (Te Puia) and served 50 years with the Institute making him the longest serving employee.
Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Tainui, Ngāti Rangiwewehi
Clive Fugill was born 15 January 1949, of both Tainui and Ngati Ranginui tribal affiliation. Mr Fugill was one of seven successful applicants for the NZ Maori Arts and Crafts Institute’s first intake for a three year carver training course. He commenced his training in January 1967 and graduated in December 1969. Five of the graduates from that course returned to the Institute for post-graduate training, with Mr Fugill and two others being retained by the Institute to develop their carving skills under the watchful eye of the late Master Carver, Hone Taiapa.
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